1. Install fresh copies of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.
2. Count the number of clicks required to make Bing the default search engine on Chrome.
3. Count the number of clicks required to make Google the default search engine on IE.
While you're at it, run a stopwatch to time each of those operations as well.
Then come back and tell me who's trying to be ebbil.
Now try NOT to have a google or gmail account on a non-rooted android phone. ;-)
I'm not saying they're not innovative or good competion for Apple or MS - hell, my next phone will prob be an android, if BB goes belly up.
But none of that means that they don't have their own ways of "forcing" usage, collecting information they shouldn't, or manipulating consumers in ways that a non-evil, "benevolant lord" wouldn't.
Ok, you think Google is teh evil, try this little experiment.WOW! That proved it, Google is NOT evil!
1) I can't install IE on my Linux system.
2) I never said Microsoft wasn't evil, I just said Google was evil.
I read an article years ago on how Google decides what is evil and what isn't. I don't like their data mining, I don't like that the CEO
said something about people shouldn't worry about their privacy. I don't think any company should track you or monitor
what you do on any site but their own. Data mining and data collection is not a good thing for any reason. I know google isn't the only
company doing it. Google are not the good guys, google is not your friend.
I will end up with Android phone on my next purchase. I might go with a regular phone and a netbook but will probably be assimilated.
Apparently you look down upon people who want their privacy.
Android lets you do that. iApple goes to great lengths to stop you from doing that.
If you're looking for a big bad monster other than Apple or Microsoft, may I humbly suggest *actual* badguys like Facebook. Amazon might also get there in the not too distant future.
Not looking for monsters...frankly, I'd rather they all just drank their "good boy juice". That said, you're right about fb having a solid place on the list.
What's Amazon done?
Di Jun 26 2012 20:50:16 CEST von Ladyhawke @ Uncensored
What's Amazon done?
Killing your local small bookstore where the clerks could really tell you something about most books they sell?
and purchasing on-line is cheaper.
Hmm, interestingly, I don't think I ever considered them a "bookseller" either. In fact, of all the things I've purchased from them over the years, I don't think more than a handful were actually books!
When it comes right down to it, I still like "manhandling" my books before I buy. :-)
But point taken.
Agreed, they also sell a lot of electronic devices and I do buy them there. But since MediaMarkt/Saturn/other big consumer markets killed the smaller electronics shops already, I do not see them as harming that wasteland any more.
But yes, I am a book guy, I study philosophy, psychology and computational science, so I often need specific literature you do not find online. Even when you find ebooks, I prefer ink on dead tree because it doesnt strain the I as much when you have to read a lot.
I mostly look online for used books or original versions of books that are OOP. For this I started using http://eurobuch.com which is an aggregation site for services like abebooks, ebay, amazon, zvab, booklooker and whatnot. If I really need to order fresh books online, I try to spread usage on other pages, like bol.de.
I also stopped using german equivalents of BarnesNobles, since my favourite bookstore here is even able to order books the big ones do not offer. They especially impressed me when they were able to order german translated prints of a Marquis de Sade book which I needed but couldn't find in any library either. The big stores in town were not able to order this book.
They made several breaking changes in their ATL code that my predecessor used extensively.
Now, I can't upgrade this thing to the current compiler very easily.
I want to throttle my predecessor for embracing MFC and ATL so strongly.
He has made working with his code even more horrible than it already was, given his inability to comment or write anything remotely intelligible.
Turned out to be easier than I expected, but it was still fucking annoying.
thats the benefit of a stable API, you know?
On one side there is the Raymond Chen camp. Chen has been with Microsoft since 1992 and his group is the driving force behind the Windows tradition of making sure everything is backwards compatible. Until a few years ago, this level of backwards compatibility was really good, especially considering what a piece of garbage Windows is otherwise.
On the other side there is what Spolsky calls the MSDN Magazine camp. These are the folks who keep coming out with new API after new API, and encourage developers to embrace every new shiny thing that comes out of Redmond.
It is no coincidence that Microsoft's decline has happened in parallel with the latter camp winning more and more territory year after year. It's also part of the reason so many developers simply said "f**k it, I'll just write this as a web application." Sure, that would have eventually happened anyway, but the increasing sucktitude of the Windows API accelerated it.
We're certainly intending to have the web as our GUI.
I just have to build little engines, and let web sites tell my engine what to do.
Eventually, you'd have to wonder why one should even bother with Windows.
I had a couple of users who were getting mail bounced when they sent it to certain people out on the Internet. It turns out that some (not all?) of their mail was being delivered directly to the Internet instead of going out through our relay hub server. This became a problem because there is another user on the network who is running Windows and is therefore also running malware, so the IP address for general outbound Internet access is blacklisted.
Searching around the 'net we found some documentation which suggests removing and replacing the configuration for the smarthost. We did that, and I'm not sure whether it had any effect on outbound mail ... but now certain users *within* the Exchange environment can't send mail to each other.
Willfully choosing Exchange and forcing it as a mandate upon the tech people who have to keep this pile of garbage running should be punishable by violent death followed by painful ressurection followed by another violent death.
When doing smart-host delivery with Exchange don't forget to check your GlitchRetrySeconds registry setting :-)
Kills me that they MS programmers thought that was a good reg key name for Exchange. I suppose they do have a sense of humor. I love how they dropped the ball on that brand new SMTP protocol and just "forgot" to deliver delayed mail until the SMTP server gets restarted (without that reg key).
They should give it a descriptive name, such as:
Grid Oriented Application Tablet Second Edition
(the acronym will do just fine of course)